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Displays: what and who are they for?

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“Classroom walls should mirror closely the pages of children’s books.”


The recent words of a colleague and ones which have led me to question my own practice and learning environment.

I worked last week alongside a Local Leader in Education. In observing lessons, she spent a large portion of her time examining displays before summising that, used effectively, learning / working walks can and do play a significant role in supporting the learning of children who (and these are a group she singled out specifically) are not being guided / supported by a teacher or teaching assistant during a lesson.

Reflecting on what she had said, I realised the truth and wisdom of it. The learning walls she had seen, in particular for English, had been built up day-by-day over the course of a week. They were comprised of specific vocabulary generated through class-discussion; model sentences using that vocabulary written…

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